Perfume/fragrance is the new smoking! Remember when smokers were so offended at non-smokers being repulsed or negatively affected by their cigarette smoke? We now have laws in affect for public safety because of the awareness of second-hand smoke that non-smokers are now protected from.
Histamine blockers, whether over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription anti-histamine medications are no way to live with allergies, nor do they provide a cure. Histamine is made within our bodies as a result of inflammatory reactions and immune responses. There are very little exogenous sources (obtained from the outside) of histamines. In another words, your body produces histamine.
Are allergens on your case or on your plate? Histamine intolerance symptoms go beyond rashes, hives, and itching. In fact, many people are unaware that their headaches or migraines, anxiety, depression, fatigue, insomnia, vertigo and gastrointestinal disorders may be a result of too much histamine.
Liver health is the primary cause of histamine intolerance as becomes problematic when people have too much in their blood or a specific tissue. When true allergens have been ruled out, such as tests do not show immunoglobulin E [IgE] reactions, there are two other scenarios in which this can take place. The first and probably most common scenario, typically known as “histamine intolerance,” is when someone either absorbs too much histamine from the GI tract or does not break it down well in the liver (or both). Many foods contain histamine, and if the histamine is not successfully broken down during the digestive process. Liver function is also, of course, required to break down the histamine to be excreted as waste. When one or both of these functions are not working properly, the result is a histamine builds up, thus intolerance and symptoms present themselves.
A deficiency of an enzyme, called diamine oxidase (DAO), which is responsible for breaking down histamine in the gut, the liver and other tissues. Low DAO activity in the gastrointestinal tract and liver due to genetic susceptibilities (weaknesses), combined with gut inflammation, excess estrogen and inefficient methylation (detoxification) can create a perfect storm, causing massive histamine overload. The approach to deal with this situation must be multifaceted and cannot all be covered here.
Because people often have multiple food sensitivities or a condition called Environmental Illness due to intestinal permeability issues or SIBO, I do not recommend solely implementing a strict low-histamine diet. However, I do encourage such people to limit or avoid the biggest offenders listed. The dietary recommendations for individuals with histamine intolerance call for a diet rich in the B vitamin complex, glycine and flavonoids such as quercetin and rutin; all found in the product Cellular Vitality. It is recommended to exercise caution with probiotics, which can worsen the symptoms of histamine overload. We recommend only using the following bacterial strains: L. reuteri, L. rhamnosus, L. casei and B. bifidum. This approach, coupled with addressing the major GI disorders, usually works very well.
Give this below list of foods to avoid a trial run for at least a month and pay attention to your symptoms and if they decrease.
HISTAMINE “ LIBERATORS” TO AVOID:
(listed in order of importance from sever to less reactive-causing from my experience)
Additives (benzoate, sulfites, nitrites, glutamate and food dyes)
Most citrus fruits and strawberries
Over-ripe or fermented vegetables (sauerkraut, pickles, etc. (or anything that contains vinegar as well as alcohol)
Smoked or cured meats
Shellfish, canned fish
Cocoa and chocolate
Black tea energy drinks
Green tea, mate tea
Metabolism is like your operating system. If it were only as easy as pushing a re-set button to re-set the body’s metabolism. What can be easy is following traditional wisdom. In diet, exercise and the implementation of supplements. For instance, the pituitary gland may serve as a re-set. Sometimes we need to go higher up in the chain of command. View information on how to balance the pituitary HERE
I would bet you have some things you are ready to let go of in 2020. How does it sound to replace poor habits with new ones with ease? "How?" you ask... it is not as hard in a group, in fact it can be fun! Especially when you get to have personalized care but without the cost of paying for one-on-one consulting! Programs like the one created and now open for enrollment usually cost between 9,000 and 16,000.
I will give you a portion of the Syllabus to review and a couple samples of lessons for your review HERE. It is just a glance at some of the material included to give you an idea of what kind of discussion we will start out with. If it resonates and you would like to join, let's talk. This is a pilot group so very affordable. I feel blessed to provide this program to those that want to be part of it.
“Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity.” – James Clear, Atomic Habits
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I would like take some time to address the concept of supplementation. In one book that I align with by Lorrie Medford called Why Do I Need Whole Food Supplements sites several studies where synthetic so-called nutrients such as vitamin B, C, and D do not provide the results that otherwise whole foods provided in side-by-side studies. Furthermore, minerals, in what I like to refer to as “rock form”, also do not prove to be as helpful in comparison to naturally derived forms of the nutrients. In fact, It is shown in some of the studies that the synthetic form of, whether it be a vitamin or a mineral, can actually be harmful and as much so as increasing the risk of cancer or causing sterility. This is known in the case of iron causing cancer but it is also shown in the University of Alabama study showing the damage to DNA when synthetic chromium was implemented for the curbing cravings for sweets. Lorrie Medford‘s cited this study (page 79) with chromium in the naturally extracted form derived from yeast would be not only be more safe but also provide the synergistic nutrients of the yeast. I use this example because many of the whole food supplements I recommend have a yeast base. Therapeutically, yeast wards off pathogenic fungus and other invaders and this immune supporting aspect is the additional benefit of whole food supplementation.
The medical literature clearly shows that statin medications like Lipitor, Crestor, Zocor shut down the production of one of the most important nutrients in the body - Co-Enzyme Q10 (CoQ10). What many people are unaware of is the fact that when CoQ10 is depleted, it causes the LDL cholesterol to become oxidized. This in turn sets off a cascade of events making the LDL cholesterol drill holes in the arterial wall causing a great deal of inflammation. This inflammation sets you up for an increased risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. For more information please contact us. As you can see from the handout below, there are calculations that should be done when you get your lipid panel results. Lets go over your lab work!
Dr. Google, Pharmacy Amazon...it's the craze these days. I often get the question "what about product X", or "what are your thoughts on x product or supplementing with y…. There are not a whole lot of products I can endorse due to various reasons, issues around quality is one of the main problems, another being the obvious; as a professional in healthcare I have sound means of evaluations and a deep understanding for herbs and nutrition. I cannot take it lightly and okay supplements without some form of assessment. So, while I do not like piece mailing a protocol, I do have some recommended product lines that I endorse if you are already buying CBD oil, herbs, tea's, essential oils and are looking for EMR protection, magnet therapy, water filtration etc.
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One of the biggest pet peeves I have is to suggest something to a friend then come to find out they followed through with it but did so via an online order such as through Amazon. Not only is just rude, maybe lazy and inconsiderate, but also, Amazon cannot be relied upon for food or supplements. There are many scams and it is not worth the risk to order form this online source. I can drop-ship your products just as easy as it is to get them elsewhere AND, as a bonus, you'll get my expertise on the matter.
Standard Process is the oldest supplement company based on traditional wisdom and tried and true effective clinical protocols for various conditions. I’m happy to give you a sample of what is offered in the scope of whole food nutritional healing with a 20 minute you-focused phone consult. Thank you in advance for supporting local business!
Getting on board with a healthy routine doesn't have to be hard. If you like to learn new things while promoting health then try looking to eastern medicine traditions. Ayurvedic wisdom provides sound well-being rituals that work to prepare your body to feel it's best from the inside out, season by season. Take dry brushing for example, a practice that is used to detox the lymphatic system. Can you imagine thousands of years ago, they knew this was a health-promoting ritual that helps the body rejuvenate? It brings circulation to the skin, revitalizing not only your skin but the tiny network of vessels and lymphatic system. We need this therapeutic effect more than ever considering all the toxicity in our environment! Check out how your circulation is. Drop by on walk-in Wednesdays!
The circulation is reflective of your lymphatic drainage. Let me show you how! Phone consults are welcome, but in this case I can give you a visual of the status of your blood viscosity in just a few minutes.
Where I am, there have been more and more sunny days Yay for spring! I look forward to offering some spring wellness packages. I have some pretty cool programs underway!
On another note, as many of you know, I have a new device used to ascertain what deficiencies the body has based upon heart sounds. It is a fascinating tool that tells us so much important information. It is not like biofeedback in the scanning of your energy field, rather by isolating the sounds in each valve of your heart and seeing the pattern, I can tell how toned, rhythmic, and strong your muscles are. As you might imagine, this is a basic exam that everyone should have! Now, see how much more specific we can tailor your wellness plan! The best part is... it's only $65!
Magnesium is probably the greatest predictor of all aspects relating to heart disease and anti-aging. A very high number of us are deficient in this mineral involved in virtually every metabolic process taking place in our bodies. However, not every “charley horse” is a result of a magnesium deficiency. It is just as likely that muscle cramps can actually be tissue calcium starvation. Incidentally, taking more magnesium pushes out the calcium. The two minerals are antagonistic. Find out if you are calcium deficient as part of a 10+ findings with having an appointment to do the heart sound recorder.
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The best practices for "anti-aging" involves high quality nutrition and knowing what to supplement with, not just based upon symptoms you are experiencing but by tests that confirm the need in extra nutritional supplementation.
Pearls for Your Take-Away
Health is by no means all in the physical! In fact, I believe the status and direction of health begins in the psyche. In various ways you can begin learning techniques to recollect your mind... read more
The natural state of our mind is to be at peace yet the tension one feels when it is not is a direct result of the discomfort created by the busyness of modern living. It is fact that our memory and creativity is at its best when in a relaxed state. Our minds are more capable of processing ideas and we are generally more in control when our body’s are at peace. It is the nature of sleep, of true happiness and needed for healing. Being in a relaxed state allows you to put your life into the perspective of a whole - of a world in which you are a part of where all is interconnected. Energy can be thought of as contagious in the way that it transfers easily from one person to the next. Just pay attention to someone that passes you in an oncoming vehicle. Without coming into contact with them, you sense their vibe. It is just a flash of a moment and yet it can impact you, if you are not consciously monitoring your vibration; you’ve heard the phrase “it rubs off on you”.... Through breath we can bring energy into our body. This is an ancient understanding forgotten all to often. Imagine as you inhale that you are gathering life supporting energy and that with every breath it purifies all of your body, mind and soul. There is no part of your being that this life force energy cannot reach and inhabit. It is purifying, healing and life-giving. Everything that you do not want is purged with each breath; the stress, the tension, anger and fear. This is a very effective process but requires a heightened sense of awareness of your breathing. Despite your years on this earth, you haven’t likely mastered this most basic function of life.
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My grandmother “Oma” is 89 years of age, is in great health, and has the aspiration to reach 100! I have shared with Oma some ways to obtain that impressive goal; cut down on gluten and avoid the vegetables that contain a chemical that can exacerbate inflammation. Recently, I checked in with Oma. She proudly reported that she avoids bread altogether and is staying away from those “moon vegetables”. She is adorable! Of course, she is referring to “nightshade” vegetables – those that contain solanine.
Solanine is a natural chemical found in nightshade plants/vegetables and some herbs. Most people can tolerate this chemical but many bodies that are in stress cannot, and the reactions manifests itself as an inflammatory response such as body aches, joint pain, and asthma.
How do you know when you need to avoid nightshades? If you have chronic inflammatory or degenerative conditions it can turn around debilitating pain to completely eliminate nightshades from your diet. These include tomatoes, potatoes and all pepper except black pepper. There are more and this diet plan only works if you are strictly avoiding everything that contains this chemical that you may be sensitive to. I can provide, upon request, a comprehensive list and wallet card listing all the foods and spices you need to avoid. The wallet card can be shown to restaurant chefs making it easier to adhere to the diet.
When it comes to weight loss counting calories may be a thing of the past, as a tried and failed attempt, an obsession, or somewhere in between…. Whatever the case, I want to make you aware of a couple pearls that may awaken a new drive to excel and beat the un-welcome weight once and for all.
Multiply your ideal weight in pounds (the number of pounds in which you’d like to weigh) by 10. This number calculated is the max amount of calories you will want to consume in a day if you are trying to lose weight. There are Apps to help keep track of your caloric intake. Online BMI (Body Mass Index) calculators can help you determine your percentage if body fat. It cannot take into account muscle mass, bone density etc. I do not recommend this tool to be used by anyone but the obvious out-of-shape and over-weight. For example, a weightlifter with more muscle mass may be overweight according to the BMI formula. Body Fat Percentage is the amount of body fat you store. If you know your body fat percentage the calculator will use the Katch-McArdle formula. BMI is simply your weight in (kilograms) divided by your height in meters squared.
You are underweight if your BMI is less than 18.5
you are in normal range if it is between 18.5 to 24.9, and
Overweight if your BMI is between 25 to 29.9 and
Obese if it is over 30.
One pound of body fat has 3,500 calories. This means in order to lose 1 pound of body fat in any given week, you need a deficit of 3500 caloric intake per week which comes out to be 500 calories/day. I think this is on the conservative side. However, paired with exercise and sauna-ing, it is reasonable.
All this aside, I find it easier to follow the Vital Diet Plan I’ve constructed in combination of the oldest form of research we have on blood chemistry and foods, the Blood Type Diet, ancient eastern wisdom and todays findings on healthy diets. It is the simplest way to compute all the information and weed out mis-conceptions. I am in the process of making it into an ebook and in the mean time you may get the information for free with a special time offer until the end of March 2019. My long-Distance Patient Plan is ½ off at only $45*. This includes a phone consult going over your recommendations based upon a Systems Survey (SS) (symptomology in connection with body systems).
*With this $45 dollar consult you receive the Vital Diet Plan, Holistic lifestyle tips and self-evaluation within this guide. You also receive a personalized report of the recommended whole-food derived supplements indicated by SS as needs to fulfill your nutritional deficits.
Other Drivers of Stubborn Weight
I’d like to focus on just two:
Health through education can be revitalizing! I say this because many people live with a condition too long simply out of not knowing what to do about it! With knowledge, you have the power to make some changes!
I use a term I made up called inflamm-aging because you can count on the presents of any chronic condition to contain a level of inflammation and also contribute to premature aging. Before the chronic condition arose, you can also bet there were also a handful of symptoms that are tale-tale signs of toxicity.
The immune system is our first line of defense when it comes to warding off germs and proper digestion is key for this immunity to function optimally. Everything from our wrinkles on our faces to the type of skin on our feet reflects digestion. If you would like to join the 3 week Virtual Tutorial series, you can learn more about it
What would it take to have a healthy glow from the inside-out that defies chronological aging? Start with digestive health. See the resource page HERE for starts! There are very specific enzyme formulas to address particular conditions. For instance, a craving for cold liquids or foods and/or a history of asthma or bronchitis indicates one set of enzyme deficiency verses symptoms of abdominal cramps after eating or undigested food visible in stools that are signs of another set of enzyme deficiency.
You may have noticed yourself or someone you are close to that has an intolerance of fats or spicy/fried foods by signs of burping, hiccupping and/or experiencing nausea, pain or discomfort under the right rib cage following the consumption of the above foods. This would indicate a need for liver support and cleansing, however the above listed symptoms can often be resolved just by adding an enzyme formula specific to the need with meals.
8 Underlying Disease Precursors
Functional medicine addresses core clinical imbalances that are precursors or underlying issues associated with disease:
300 years of functional medicine and nutrigenomics (including cell biology, toxicology, biochemistry, physiology, pathology, organic chemistry, microbiology and many, many more branches of the sciences) employ technologies to unveil the molecular disorders in immunological, neuropsychiatric, gastrointestinal and pathogenic causative factors to one’s health status.
Mindfulness based psychotherapies are now integrated into medical practices (of those healthcare providers that are interested in health vs symptom management) because of these findings of the gut microbiome (the “second brain”). Studies show the gut, emotions and physiology/pathology are inter-related. READ MORE
Like dreams, creativity arises from the unconscious. We have to create an empty space in our conscious minds for the unconscious to emerge with its gifts. Conditioning ourselves to quiet our minds and bodies is key.
An upcoming free event will cover some of the tools used in stress reduction and trauma recovery, specifically how to be high functioning while the trauma or high stress is occurring. Respond below or contact me privately for more details.
Dr. Axe states "After reviewing more than 60 studies related to biofeedback, The Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London described biofeedback therapy as a “non-invasive, effective psycho-physiological intervention for psychiatric disorders,” concluding that over 80 percent of studies reported some level of clinical decrease in symptoms as a result of biofeedback exposure. (1) According to their research, biofeedback interventions have been used successfully to treat common disorders including anxiety, autism, depression...". I do Biofeedback therapies in private sessions or groups for even more affordability. Groups also add additional healing dynamics. I'd highly recommend trying it!
The awareness of epigenetics is on the rise, even in the allopathic medical model. Dr Mercola talks about the human “being of energy, and as such, you have an electromagnetic component to every biological process. Every thought or feeling produces a complex shift in the biochemical make-up of your organs”. Also in Dr Mercola’s article, he refers to, Blair Justice, PhD, author of Who Gets Sick, stating how genes account for only 35 percent of longevity (and I would add the state of health). This leaves the remaining 65% to diet, exercise, stress management and other environmental factors the main player in well-being. This is encouraging due to it being in our hands and responsibility to choose wisely the things we do have control over. Stress management, nourishment and products (skin care for example) being the top three I see having the most impact. “The biofield is the term medical science has adopted for the intricately layered vibrational energy field that is said to surround and penetrate the physical body. For thousands of years, traditional, indigenous, pre-scientific medical systems have recognized a balanced, evenly pulsing biofield as the foundation of health and well-being”. If this balance is disrupted, it may cause illness of some sort. There are tons of therapies that focus on the restoration of this lack of balance through such methods as acupuncture, qigong, shiatsu, meditation and yoga, in addition to Reiki” – taken from Dr. Axe article referring to studies conducted by the School of Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University in San Francisco and the Department of Psychology at Loyal University in New Orleans.
For now remember this simple reminder. I also would love to see you for the absolutely free event to learn more about what is offered to help you achieve a healthy state of balance or equilibrium. Also be sure to view my latest HealthEnews for brain health through both diet and and emotional well-being!
The adrenal glands are evolved in many aspects of health. When the adrenals are insufficiently functioning (hypoadrenia) they do not produce and regulate sufficient amounts of hormones. This is often referred to as “burnout”, “adrenal exhaustion or fatigue”.
There are many repercussions of adrenal fatigue such as hormonal imbalances, kidney dysfunction, and decreased immunity. However possibly the most common cause of adrenal fatigue (a wide spread problem) is modernized living. Face it; life is complicated packed full with deadlines, appointments, and every day stress and irregular eating habits. I have witnessed even the smallest of children suffer the effects of adrenal fatigue. Even babies can be predisposed to this devastating dysfunction due to the mother’s status during pregnancy. The adrenal glands are the most endangered glands due to chronic stress and can be treated with adrenal glandulars. Adrenal fatigue is regarded as a deficiency in the kidneys in Chinese Medicine the kidneys are considered to be the root energy of the body. The improper function of the kidneys is due to the relationship between the adrenals and kidneys. Kidney Yin building herbs such as Rehmannia root taken for a period of 60 to 120 days is the initial treatment, followed by Kidney Yang tonics such as Fenugreek, Damiana, spicy leaves combined with cinnamon, dried ginger and lemon peel as a tea; and Ashwaganda capsules. Dietary recommendations include avoiding raw and cold foods to support digestion and assimilation of the nutrient rich vegetable stocks, curry dishes, and delicious Thai food. Evaluate your adrenal status below.
Adrenal Stress Test
If you have 3 or more of these symptoms you may have an adrenal hormonal imbalance. See a qualified alternative practitioner for nutritional support. I usually recommend adrenal glandulars, specifically from Standard Process and de-stressing techniques along with the regular nutritional support based on testing.
Our bodies are working extra hard unnecessarily; (liver, lymphatic system, kidneys and more), impairing your immune system and causing toxic overload.
Easy steps you can take to improve your health – and the health of those around you!
1 Eliminate products that contain toxic synthetic fragrance in the following:
2Become more informed on this topic and know the effects of how exposure to synthetic fragrances has increased your body’s burden.
100% of perfumes contain toluene that causes liver, kidney and brain damage in adults — imagine the effects on the fetus and our developing children! Now think of the pandemic of autism....
Chemicals in fragrances are known to cause the following:
When you feel out-of-sorts, it makes you less tolerant of things you wouldn't otherwise have a reaction to. Face it, we are generally more irritable when we don't feel well; this is evident when we have the cold or flu. Children, and often times adults, don’t often connect that something caused a reaction. Triggers can span from emotional reactions to a rash or feeling like you’re coming down with a cold, when in reality a synthetic chemical caused an immune response.
Wouldn’t it make life easier not to have to deal with defiant behaviors, emotional outbreaks and acute diseases in your children? I encourage you to rid your home of everyday products containing synthetic fragrances. See how much better your family feels!
Happy spring cleaning!
PS Those afflicted with autism and disorders along that spectrum experience measurable benefits from cleaning up their environments
Using natural means of recovery requires enough knowledge about it to easily assess and apply. When it comes to Parenting we often forget how, what and when to utilize these easy, affordable and effective healing remedies. Fear takes hold... You know how it is; "I wish I..." "I could have", and " why didn't I" flood your mind after the fact.
We are now offering the fam plan! A small monthly charge for health advice whenever and as needed!
We've all been there
Always have water with you! A good quality source of water to keep hydrated, I find that when with me, I drink it! You can't go wrong there!
Spring can inspire us to be out and about more which also brings the challenge around eating. Choosing quality over quantity is valuable and wise, being over eating is a cause of disease! In the roughly 6 minute video above I mention some of the tricks I use to be prepared. Here are some more:
A quick bite to satisfy the need for fuel can include the following:
*A whole food meal replacement bar and green food (drink or capsules)
*A smoothie made with a quality protein and organic whole foods
*A probiotic drink and fiber including a supplement or in the form of raw veggies
As for fats – it’s all about balance
here is the ideal proportion (per day):
1 T polyunsaturated fat (flax, black currant seed oil, evening primrose, borage, cod liver oil)
4T mono-unsaturated fat as in olive, Sesame seed oil, avocado, nuts and seeds as well as lard
6T Saturated fat in the form or butter and coconut oils. Butter everything and cook with coconut. Saturated fats include fats attached to beef or lamb and dairy products such as buttermilk and yogurt.